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Struggle to finish GABSI projects

Virginia Tapp, Tuesday July 15, 2014 - 13:37 EST
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A great artesian bore flowing into an open drain. - ABC

A grazier in north west Queensland is in a race against time to finish rehabilitating his bores as part of a government funded program.

John Lynch from Viola station, north of Julia Creek, started his piping and capping program in 2012 under the Great Artesian Basin Sustainability Initiative.

The Federal Government subsidised part of the project, but also gave him a time limit.

Mr Lynch isn't sure he'll be able to finish construction in time.

"When we originally signed off on it we were given 12 months from the arrival of the last materials, so we're still within that 12 month period.

"I would have liked to have had it all done by the 30th of June, but we've been held up having to feed stock because of the drought and we were also droving in February."

The QLD Minister for Natural Resources and Mines, Andrew Cripps, is aware of a small number of GABSI projects running behind schedule.

He has told the ABC that these projects will not incur a financial penalty.

The State Government has committed to contribute funding to the GABSI scheme, but only if the Federal government contributes as well.


© ABC 2014

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